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Report: Google developing 100% standalone virtual reality headset

Google’s is working on a virtual reality headset that will not require an additional phone, console or PC to use, according to reports on Thursday.

The Wall Street Journal’s sources say Google is developing an industry-first headset that will work without being connected to a secondary computing device.

According to the report, the headset will feature display, cameras and processors from Movidius, a self-proclaimed world leader in “embedded machine vision technology providing artificial intelligence to the next generation of connected devices.”

It has been known for a while that Google is working on a more advanced plastic Cardboard headset, but this standalone device would be in addition, according to the report.

However, a full-on VR solution that did not require a smartphone, let alone a PC or console like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive Pre or PlayStation VR, would represent a major surprise.

So far Google has shipped 5 million Cardboard headsets and has seen 30 million Cardboard-friendly apps downloaded from the Google Play Store.

See also: 8 Oculus Rift games to look out for in 2016

Google knows first hand the growing interest in virtual reality and is doubtless receiving invaluable feedback from users and developers creating VR experiences for Cardboard.

Just yesterday, the firm announced the Unity game-making tool will have boast native support for Cardboard, meaning more experiences will be compatible with iOS and Android devices.

The plastic Cardboard is expected to be on show at Google I/O in May. Today’s report does not mention a reveal or potential release date for the standalone headset.

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